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Curry's unlikely dominance leads to MVP honor

Stephen Curry's shooting prowess astounded the NBA all season. But it's his all-around dominance that makes him a worthy league MVP.

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Rose: Confidence 'high' entering Cavs series

As the Bulls get set for a second-round showdown against LeBron James and the Cavaliers, Bulls point guard Derrick Rose believes his team's confidence is right where it needs to be.

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Curry's plays of the year (2:34)

Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao

Disappointment in Philippines following Pacquiao's loss (1:42)

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Sunday's MLB Highlights

Astros win 10th straight (0:52)

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McIlroy wins WGC-Cadillac Match Play (1:56)

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This season's streakiest MLB teams
MLB 

The teams with win streaks of 10 or more were a combined 149-175 last year. Who are they? The Mets, who reeled off 11 straight earlier this season, and the Astros -- winners of 10 straight. Both won five 1-run games during the stretch.

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MLB 

Irvin sounds off on option decision
NFL 

The Seahawks did not pick up LB Bruce Irvin's fifth-year option by Sunday's deadline, and he shared his feelings with a series of expletive tweets. One read: "Worked for everything I got in my life this s*** will b no different! I earns my keeps!"

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NFL 

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

Curry beat Harden by 236 votes. Recent MVPs that were closer: '12 LeBron>KD 185 '08 Kobe>CP 216 '07 Dirk>Nash 125 '05Nash>Shaq 34

MVP Voting results
NBA 

Stephen Curry received 100 of 130 potential 1st-place votes for MVP. James Harden finished 2nd and had 25 first-place votes. LeBron James finished 3rd with the other 5 first-place votes.

  • 4th: Russell Westbrook
  • 5th: Anthony Davis
  • 6th: Chris Paul

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NBA 

Potential NFL draft busts
NFL 

It's much too early to declare any of the 2015 NFL draftees a bust. But there were a few picks that raised some eyebrows on draft day. 10 most likely busts

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Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN

LeBron congratulates Steph Curry on MVP. "Great to see another kid born in Akron win MVP." Both were born in same hospital.

Skip voices Mayweather frustration
Boxing 

Skip Bayless is tired of wearing Floyd Mayweather "garbage," so he takes out his frustrations on the merchandise, all while claiming "TBE" doesn't stand for "The Best Ever" but for "The Biggest Ego."

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Boxing 

Cactus Bowl moving to Chase Field
College Football 

The Cactus Bowl will be held at the home of the Diamondbacks for the next three years, sources told ESPN's Brett McMurphy. It was previously held at Arizona State's Sun Devil Stadium since 2006, but that is undergoing reconstruction.

College Football 

Manny Pacquiao's mind not ready
Boxing 

ESPN's Teddy Atlas: "You have to have a certain kind of mindset to go into that arena. ... They're taking selfies as they're walking in there? There's something wrong with that kind of picture." (via Mike & Mike)

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Boxing 

Mel Kiper: Buffalo missed on QB, Darby
NFL 

On not drafting a QB: "They should have." On taking Ronald Darby with team's first pick (50th overall): "He's a frustrating player because he's in position to make plays but doesn't always do it." (via Mike & Mike) Other grades (Insider)

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ChiSox players back Robin Ventura

After an 8-14 start, players are taking the blame instead of placing it on their manager. Said 1B Jose Abreu through an interpreter: "It's our fault because we are the ones who are playing. We are the people who are on the field."

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Greg Garber's beer mile

After reporting on the Beer Mile, the ESPN writer decided to give it a shot. He might not have broken the world record -- or get anywhere close -- but he tried really hard in his suit jacket and gym shorts!

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Buzz on the beer mile

One mile, four beers and one controversial world record. The beer mile has gained popularity and one racer is described as: "our sport's Jesus, but with more miracles."

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Kevin Arnovitz @kevinarnovitz

FWIW, there are an abundance of argument in Curry's favor beyond GSW's W-L, even though that's the direction this conversation is taking.

Antonio Davis: Curry as MVP is correct
NBA 

"When you watch this young man play, he affects every single thing that's going on in the game. ... He's effective, he's entertaining and all he does leads to success of their team."

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NBA 

Buster Olney: End retaliatory beanball
MLB 

"However MLB got to this place, no matter the tradition, it's stupid that pitchers are throwing fastballs at prone targets and dramatically increasing the risk of injury." Unwrite this unwritten rule

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MLB 

If Bulls don't beat Cavs now, then when?
NBA 

ESPN's Nick Friedell: "It's a chance to silence those who question [the Bulls'] consistency and to take advantage of another team's misfortune for a change after years of dealing with emotional setbacks." Bulls-Cavs starts tonight. Now or never

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Wild are down 2-0, can they come back?
NHL 

"Not the way Chicago is playing right now," ESPN's Barry Melrose said. "The Chicago Blackhawks are playing so well right now. ... And [goalie Corey] Crawford played really well. That was more important than anything."

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LeBron ditched headband for teammates
NBA 

LeBron James gave up his trademark back in March and hasn't worn it since. He told the Cleveland Plain Dealer: "I did it because I just wanted to look like my teammates. Just wanted to be one. Nothing more than that."

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NBA 

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

Rory joined Jack and Tiger yesterday as only players with 10 wins at age 25. Turns 26 today. Jack and Tiger each won two majors at that age.